apiFetch security


I’m writing some code that updates options using update_option using the REST API and apiFetch.

I’m used to doing this using AJAX where I would pass a nonce along in the request to my PHP function, as well as check for current user capabilities.

Using the REST API and apiFetch feels much better than using AJAX, but I feel like I’m missing something when it comes to security.

Here’s an idea of what I’m doing:

        'methods'             => WP_REST_Server::EDITABLE,
        'callback'            => array( $this, 'update_settings' ),
        'permission_callback' => array( $this, 'update_settings_permission' ),

My permission_callback looks like this:

public function update_settings_permission() {
    if ( ! current_user_can( 'manage_options' ) ) {
        return $this->error( 'user_dont_have_permission', __( 'You do not have permission to change options.' ) );

    return true;

My update_settings function looks like this:

public function update_settings( WP_REST_Request $request ) {
    $new_settings = $request->get_param( 'settings' );

    if ( is_array( $new_settings ) ) {
        $current_settings = get_option( 'my_options', array() );
        update_option( 'my_options', array_merge( $current_settings, $new_settings ) );

    return $this->success( true );

And then the request itself is quite standard:

apiFetch( {
    path: 'namespace/v1/update_settings',
    method: 'POST',
    data: {
        settings: this.state.settings,
} ).then( ( result ) => {
    // all done.
} );

This all works perfectly, but it seems too easy. Should I be passing a nonce along somewhere? It seems like apiFetch has some middlewares that include a nonce – is this all done for us by default?

Tom 2 years 2020-11-14T19:10:24-05:00 0 Answers 8 views 0

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